Public Sector IT:

August, 2007


August 31, 2007  8:08 AM

Government asks Trust chiefs to attend private NHS IT event held by Microsoft

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NPfIT

The Department of Health is asking the heads of all primary care trusts across England to attend a private event at which the worldwide Chief Executive of Microsoft Steve Ballmer will address them on the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The unique event – from which the media are...

August 31, 2007  7:30 AM

Secrecy over Microsoft’s UK government dealings on NHS IT

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NPfIT

It’s unclear why there is so much secrecy over Microsoft’s dealings with the NHS which are, after all, in the interests of taxpayers. Officials at the Department of Health say that the NHS receives exceptionally low prices for Microsoft licences. But the details are subject to confidentiality...


August 30, 2007  3:18 PM

British Medical Association sends open letter on NHS National Programme for IT

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NPfIT

Below is an open letter sent by Dr Hamish Meldrum to Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State for Health Services, on the National Programme for IT. Among other things it says there should be "no...


August 30, 2007  3:00 PM

Government responds to open letter to Gordon Brown on NHS National Programme for IT

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NPfIT

The government under the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown is continuing to portray the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT] as a success and is rejecting calls for any type of independent review of the programme. Robin Guenier, chairman of the medical online research company, Medix UK plc, and...


August 28, 2007  9:04 AM

NPfIT and the Downing Street papers: for and against publishing them

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FOI, incompetence, NPfIT, openness

On 21 August a posting on this blog referred to a decision of the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas to order the disclosure of “sensitive” papers about a meeting at Downing Street...


August 24, 2007  1:50 PM

Senior Responsible Owners – what responsibility should mean

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IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

On the blog entry - Senior Responsible Owner, a good idea subverted - a reader makes this excellent comment:

"Responsibility is a unique concept: It can only reside and inhere...


August 24, 2007  11:40 AM

Senior Responsible Owner – a good idea subverted

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transparency and accountability

In 2000 the then Cabinet Office minister Ian McCartney, with the help of Intellect, the suppliers’ association, published a worthy guide on how to avoid IT-related failures. The guide -


August 23, 2007  8:54 AM

The National Programme for IT in the NHS: what could have been achieved by now, by Robin Guenier

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IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

Robin Guenier, former head of the Central Computing and Telecommunications Agency, reporting to the Cabinet Office, and founding chairman of the online healthcare research company Medix UK, has responded to this blog's six-part series on the hazy future of the NHS's National Programme for IT...


August 22, 2007  12:52 PM

Former NHS ICT director gives candid views on the NHS’s National Programme for IT

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NPfIT

Jeff Jacklin, Head of ICT at Milton Keynes General Hospital until April 2006, has given a candid account of the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT] from the viewpoint of a user. His article in


August 22, 2007  9:18 AM

New twist in iSoft soap opera – IBA bids again for iSoft

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iSoft, NPfIT

Health blogger Rod Ward who's in Australia - home of healthcare software supplier IBA - reports today (22 August 2007) that the supplier has submitted an increased bid for iSoft, which supplies one of the two main patient administration systems being offered under the NHS's National Programme for...


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